Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Xenon Entertainment   (1971) / Region 1
Sweet Sweetbacks Baadasssss Song

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30th Anniversary Special Edition

"All the films about black people up to now," director Melvin Van Peebles told Newsweek in 1971, "have been told through the eyes of the Anglo-Saxon majority-in their rhythms and speech and pace. In my film, the black audience finally gets a chance to see some of their own fantasies acted out...rising out of the mud and kicking a@#."

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is the story of a young hustler (Van Peebles) whose aimless pleasure-seeking turns to radicalism after witnessing the beating of a black revolutionary by two white cops. Sweetback, driven to a state of blind rage, takes brutal revenge on the cops, f-rcing him into a desperate life on the run.

Despite a humble opening at only two theaters followed by a torrent of negative reviews, Sweetback mushroomed to $10,000,000 at the box office, landing it on Daily Variety's list of top-grossing independent films. It has also been widely credited as the film that kicked off the so-called "Blaxploitation" film movement.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 15 2002
  • Production Year 1971
  • Empire SKU 456235
  • UPC Code 000799106426
  • Studio  Xenon Entertainment
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


Brand New "Making-Of" by Melvin Van Peebles-The Real Deal (What it...is!)


Original Theatrical Trailer

Coming Attractions

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  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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